Prepared. Frantic. Calm.
Frustrated. Happy. Do any of these describe your December? The one thing we can help with here at
N.E.W. is this: every Tuesday afternoon
and evening, times normally reserved for our classes, we are offering a
sanctuary for knitters and crocheters.
Come along, we’ll pour some tea, and you can craft to your heart’s
content, free from distractions of family and chores.
Other ways we can
help? If there is something you want,
let us know. When your family comes in
looking for gift ideas, we’ll pass it on.
Our pleasure. (This also works
for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays and
anniversaries.) What’s new here at the
store? We have published our 2015
N.E.W. calendar. The print run was only
75 copies, so they will go quickly. The
cost this year is $16.00, and it brings you 12 original patterns, designed by
Carol & Barb, and not a one of them is a scarf. And for those who wonder … we DID the photo shoot in the bathtub!
We have a new yarn as
well – Aran with Wool from Hayfield. Nine fabulous colours in an easy to work
with and easy-care fibre. Plus – we
have patterns! Plain patterns. Fancy patterns.
We also got a restock of last summer’s favourite – Ultra
Pima DK from Cascade.
New colours so that you can start knitting now for next summer’s
We also found a great new
book – Vest Bets from those great folks at Cascade. Vests are popular right now, and we have a
great selection of them!
In other news, we
remember how much fun we had counting up everyone’s finished objects. (For the record, we ended the year with
1,435 finished objects! That’s more
than 100 each month!!) We wanted to do
something a wee bit different, but still encourage folks to bring in their
finished objects for
show and tell. So this is our
plan – We will travel the world, via the yardage of our finished projects. We will have a map of the world on the wall,
with push pins to mark our progress.
Every finished object will get us closer to our goal of traveling ‘round
We have a couple of
classes starting in January that have us quite giddy. First up is the Building in Color from Michelle
Hunter. This is an afghan, worked in
various types of colourwork. We will be
meeting one Friday a month, wherein the technique will be taught, questions
answered, and then students will complete the strip. Of course, everyone is welcome to drop by during the month for
any extra assistance they require. The
afghan is 10 strips, so the class is a long-term commitment, but worth every
Our second class
starting in January is the Tree of Life Aran Vest, featured in the
Spring 2014 edition of Knitting Traditions. Both Barb and Carol have vests underway, and are enjoying the
project immensely. The design asks for
aran-weight wool, a supply of which we just received!
Lastly, we’d like to
advise that we will be CLOSED from December 24 through December 27, and also
December 31 and January 1. Enjoy those
days with your families, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
We attempt to keep our class fees at the lowest
possible rates. In
order to do so, we
ask that our students purchase their supplies here at the shop. In addition, we offer
class discounts to our
note that if you are
not able to finish your project in the allotted time, you are welcome
continue attending the lesson times until you are finished.
You must register for
your class before class time. Class
times are generally Tuesday afternoon from 1-3:00 pm and Tuesday evening 7-9:00
pm. Other times may be arranged to
suit, but we will strive to hold classes primarily on Tuesdays. Drop-in knitters are always welcome, space
Building in Color – Michelle Hunter has done it again! An afghan worked in multi-coloured
techniques to expand your knitting horizons.
This class will be meeting once a month, beginning January 9, 2015, at
10:30 am. The plan will be to meet and
start the panel in question and then for homework, finish the panel to be ready
for the next month. There are ten
colour panels, a class to discuss seaming, and another class to discuss the
borders. Cost is $25, plus materials
Fisherman Knit Vest
– as seen in Knitting
Traditions Spring 2014. We will be
casting on in January, 2015, and working until complete. Barb and Carol have started the samples, and
are totally entranced. Cost is $25.00
plus materials (400g aran or worsted weight –Aran with Wool works
fabulously!). We anticipate that this
project will take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete.
Entrelac Scarf – Learn entrelac by making a beautiful
scarf. Knit in tiers, the scarf looks
as though woven. Using a long-colour
repeat yarn, your scarf will be the envy of your friends. Class begins Tuesday, February 3, at either
1:00 or 7:00 pm, and continuing through the month of February. Cost:
$25.00 plus materials (approx. 200g wool and needles).
Socks from the Toes
Up – using Barb & Carol’s
magic sock pattern. Learning the
toes-up sock technique means that you can use up every last little bit of your
sock yarn, an especially useful trick if you have some special sock yarn gifted
to you by a loved one. (Carol’s
daughter is especially likely to give her mother some special sock yarn! Do you have a family member who resembles
this?!) Class starts March 3, at either
1:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. and runs through the Tuesdays of March. Cost is $25 plus materials.
Stitch: Every Wednesday afternoon,
from 1 until
3. Bring your
latest project and join
us for some stitching, questions answered, tea, and lots of laughter. Everyone is welcome!
Stitching: Every Saturday, from 2
until 4. What
better way to spend a Saturday
afternoon than with friends both new and old, some handwork, and some
Night: Every Thursday, from 7
until 9. Although
it’s called Knitting Night,
crocheters are encouraged and welcomed.
There is plenty of friendship, tea, and yummy
goodies for all.